As part of NAG’s campaign for the acceptance of naturism in London, on 7 July, Richmond Park was the location for a naturist picnic. Keith Palmer gives this report:
“Peter and I met Steve at the information kiosk at Richmond Station as the sun emerged from behind the drizzly morning clouds and a fine afternoon seemed in prospect. We waited 15 minutes to see if any others turned up but no-one else appeared, possibly put off by the poor weather earlier. As we three ascended Richmond Hill we looked down upon a super view of the river curving away into the distance.
“In the park we found a sunny glade among scattered mature oaks to make our encampment. We stripped off and settled down to our picnics. We were positioned discreetly but certainly not hidden. A number of cyclists and dog walkers passed by, clearly noticing us but making no comment either negative or positive. I think we can take that as acceptance?
“The turn-out of three was distinctly disappointing, given the improvement in the weather after midday. Many thanks to Steve for guiding us across the sandy paths of the park to a suitable spot.”
Yet another indication that the NAG hard work, along with BN over six-years, on getting a better awareness of the legitimacy of naturism paid off. That work led to new guidance from the CPS in 2013 and the College of Policing in 2018. Police officers, court prosecutors and open space managers now realise that public nudity by naturists is not illegal.
Having established naturism as a legitimate activity on Hampstead Heath, NAG is currently looking at other open spaces and parks around London where naturism may take place. It is important not to rely on advance weather forecasts, when a day may instead turn out sunny.
Unless it is clearly unsuitable weather, NAG will always check at the meeting point on the day. If you would like to be part of future NAG activity in Hampstead Heath contact Chris Lamb at email@example.com.
Women who would like to join action at Hampstead Heath Ladies Pond should contact Louise Ponting through www.naturistwomen.org. For Richmond Park contact Steve Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other enquiries on NAG London activities contact me at email@example.com.
The Minutes for our Spring meeting held at Spielplatz Naturist Resort in May are not up for you to enjoy.
The weather forecast in London on the morning of 16thJune was not promising by all accounts but the sun did come out for the Hampstead Heath Picnic and four hardy souls persevered and by all accounts had an enjoyable afternoon. Rather than repeating my report for the day, I’ll leave you to read Hampstead Heath: Picnic in the Sun.
Before you go, take a look at our brief revision of the Summer 2019 Outdoors.
For anyone who hasn’t been watching this, Lene Tereland has just completed her BA in photography at London Metropolitan University. Her graduation exhibition project featured naturists doing the everyday things we do. Lene had hoped to persuade the University to allow a clothes optional viewing; this they would not, but they have allowed Lene to invite five of her subjects to be present (nude) during a private viewing on 19th June between 7pm and 8pm at 1st Floor, Annex Building, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT. Members of the public will remain dressed, which is a shame, but as Lene says: ‘Is good news, as I thought [the university] wouldn’t allow any nudity.’
If you can’t make it that day, then you can still see Lene’s exhibition during one of its public days from 20th June until 30th. Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm.
BN have updated their listings, so we have now revised the list of Outdoor UK Naturist Activities in summer 2019. As these are wider than just London, in fact most of the activities are around the UK, we have revised its title as well as the Outdoor naturist opportunities list itself.
Today, we are publishing the 2019 edition of our Annual Report giving an overview of efforts to get naturism as an accepted lifestyle in the year up to 28th February 2019. In our opinion, we had a good year, but we know we could have had a better one. If you wish to see NAG’s good year continue, please donate whatever you can to us, or you might like to consider volunteering to be a part of our Press and Media Group? Details of how to do either is on our website and in the Annual Report respectively.
In March 2019, under the leadership of Duncan Heenan, Naturist Action Group launched its Press and Media Group, who will seek to challenge and educate editors and journalists when they misrepresent naturism through clumsy words and misplaced associations. By doing so, it is hoped that incidents like the one that happened outside Blackpool’s Sandcastle Waterpark will be prevented. Sadly, as the two events happened at roughly the same time, the group was unable to intervene; not that was a lot they could do at that stage as the damage had already been done.
One of the Press and Media Group volunteers carried out a bit of research and this is what he found out.
From their Facebook page, Templar Knights are a group of paedophile hunters but the root cause of the incident in Blackpool is an article posted on Cornwall Live from 25 February 2019, which was posted on their page. It concerns a husband and wife sentenced to 39-years in prison for the systematic abuse of his son and her three daughters, and of one other child. In the article, the journalist, Chris Matthews wrote: ‘…the male victim (Mr X’s son) recalls being groomed by being taken to nudist beaches and being made to feel being naked around two adults and touching each other was normal family behaviour.’ This is how it was described in court but with these words, Matthews has linked naturism with paedophilia in the minds of his readers. If the victim had said they were taken to any old beach and groomed there, would that have got a mention? Somehow, we doubt it and for the victim it didn’t matter what type of beach it was. And yet, the newspaper’s editor claimed it was in the public’s interest for them to know the grooming took place at a known naturist beach.
There are just seven volunteers in the Press and Media Group at the moment, but to cover the country properly they could do with 70 or more. That is not currently feasible, but volunteers are still being sought because, as they say, every little bit helps. If you’re interested, please contact Duncan through our website.
If you believe the weather forecasters, this summer could be a hot one. Our colleagues in London have a programme of events and actions that just might interest to you.
This an updated post London Summer 2019 that was originally published on 31 March and followed by a correction Gremlin Trouble, published on 5 April. These have now been withdrawn and with this post, everyone should see the correction.
Not entirely sure how it came out on Yahoo! Movies but Good Morning Britain’s Lottie Day and comedian Kate Smurthwaite discussed on Friday, if children should attend BN’s Sandcastle Waterpark event.
Afterwards, there was a debate on twitter with views expressed for and against. A voxpop question in the article, asked: how healthy is Britain’s relationship with nudity? And 60% said it was unhealthy.
Isn’t it time we put this to bed, once and for all?
Our London colleagues have been looking at organising a short trip to Paris and a visit to Bois de Vincennes. Planned for over the weekend of 28-30 June 2019, you can learn more details in this leaflet or contact John Paine by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org.